2 “If someone tried to speak with you, would you be upset? I cannot keep from speaking. 3 Think about how many people you have taught. Think about how you have made weak hands strong. 4 Your words have comforted those who fell. And you have given strength to those who could not stand. 5 But now trouble comes to you. And you are discouraged. Trouble hits you, and you are terrified. 6 You should trust in your respect for God. You should have hope because you are innocent.
7 “Think about this now: A person who has not done wrong will not die. Honest people were never destroyed. 8 I have noticed that people who plow evil and plant trouble harvest it. 9 God’s breath destroys them. A blast of his anger kills them. 10 The lions roar and growl. But the teeth of great lions are broken. 11 The lion dies because he can’t find an animal to eat. So the cubs of the female lion are scattered.
12 “A word was brought to me in secret. My ears heard a whisper of it. 13 It was during troublesome dreams in the night when men are in deep sleep. 14 I was shaking with fear. All my bones were shaking. 15 A spirit glided past my face. The hair on my body stood up in fear. 16 The spirit stopped, but I could not see what it was. A shape stood before my eyes. And I heard a quiet voice. 17 It said, ‘Can a man be holy in the presence of God? Can a man be pure before the one who made him? 18 God does not trust his servants. He even blames his angels for mistakes. 19 So he puts even more blame on people who live in clay houses.[a] The foundations of these houses are made of dust. They can be crushed more easily than a moth. 20 Between dawn and sunset they are broken to pieces. They are not noticed. They die and are gone forever. 21 The ropes of their tents are pulled up. And they die without wisdom.’
4:19clay houses This is probably talking about people’s bodies.
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